January 17, 2013
I am a member of PennPAC, an organization of University of Pennsylvania alumni-volunteers that provide pro-bono project-based consulting services to New York City non-profits. We partnered with Renaissance on a 10 week project focused on strengthening Renaissance's brand message and identifying best practices from other non-profits. Over the course of the engagement, our team gained an understanding of Renaissance and its impact on the Bronx community. We conducted multiple site visits and interviewed various board members, staff, teachers, and students to understand what makes Renaissance so unique. The greatest strength of the organization is the leadership team. Mr. Harris and Q are fully committed to the success of the organization and remain deeply connected with the students. The music and sports programs are extremely effective and enticing, drawing in many student into the organization. I find programs like 'Teens Live to Tape' or 'TLTsquared' to be truly unique and unparalleled. Lastly, Renaissance goes beyond traditional youth organizations by creating a family environment for everyone involved. The connections here run deep. As a management consultant, I have advised many non-profit and for-profit organizations and I have never made as strong of a connection as I have with Renaissance.
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